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Wooden Spoon thanks supporters on Giving Tuesday

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, joins #givingtuesday movement to encourage people across the UK and Ireland to do “good stuff” this Christmas.

Giving Tuesday logo 2017

Wooden Spoon is taking part in this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign and joining with others across the world to celebrate. On 28 November, Wooden Spoon is saying thank you to the many amazing supporters who have enabled the charity to spend over £1 million last year on life-changing projects that support more than 150,000 children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage across the UK & Ireland.

Phil Vickery MBE DL, Giving Tuesday 2017

Phil Vickery MBE DL, our lead ambassador, sporting our Christmas jumper and dress socks!

Phil Vickery MBE DL, Wooden Spoon’s lead ambassador, is spending the day personally contacting and thanking many of our supporters for the invaluable contribution they make to the charity.

Phil said; “The charity’s ethos is not about showing how great Wooden Spoon is but about pulling together and partnerships – teamwork, just like a rugby team. I will continue being part of the charity to keep driving it and spreading the word as long as they need me. I don’t enjoy seeing disadvantaged children and those in need, but I do enjoy seeing the rugby family addressing that and making a difference.”

Sarah Webb, acting CEO for Wooden Spoon added; “The generous support we receive from companies and individuals is invaluable. Please do continue to support us into 2018 and help us to change even more children and young people’s lives across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby.”

#GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is an antidote to the mass consumerism of Black Friday and aims to get people thinking of others in the run up to Christmas, be it through donating to charity, volunteering or simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member. In 2017, more charities and brands than ever are backing the day, including hundreds of local charities alongside household names such as Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder and Movember, and brands such as EE, House of Fraser, BT and RBS.

Ben Russell, Director of Communications at CAF, said: “Giving gifts is a big part of most peoples Christmas celebrations and because of this, it is no wonder that Black Friday has become such a feature of the Christmas calendar. However, while many of us will be sharing presents with loved ones this year, millions more will spend it alone, hungry or worse. If we all do something small this #givingtuesday, it could make a real difference to millions of people”